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EAGLE FESTIVAL

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"Beyond fabulous. It was wonderful to experience the welcoming, egalitarian culture of amazing people who live in a beautiful landscape"

Andi Neilands and Alan Coates - Tsaatan and Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia

Eagle Festival

 

EAGLE FESTIVAL

 

Witness the ancient tradition of hunting with eagles at the Eagle Festival in Western Mongolia as entrants compete with their eagles for speed, accuracy & agility. The Eagle Festival is held during the first weekend in October, run by the Mongolian Eagle Hunter's Association. It showcases the lives and livelihoods of many of the nomadic people of Mongolia's westernmost province Bayan Olgii. Heavily imbued with neighbouring Kazakhstan's heritage, culture and language, the people and the landscape are markedly different from other parts of Mongolia. Dark, rocky mountainous terrain forms the backdrop to the festivities which incorporate an opening ceremony, parade, cultural exhibitions, demonstrations and handcrafts in the centre of town followed by sporting activities and competitions 4km out towards the mountains. Dressed in full eagle hunting regalia and mounted on groomed decorated horses, the entrants compete for the awards of Best Turned Out Eagle and Owner; Best Eagle at Hunting Prey and Best Eagle at Locating Its Owner from a Distance. Other sporting activities include horse racing, archery and the highly entertaining Bushkashi - goatskin tug of war on horseback.

Our Gobi and Altai Classic Journey incorporates this unique festival or you can choose to include the Eagle Festival in a tailor-made tour of Mongolia.

 

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